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The Somkhele Foundation

The Somkhele Foundation is a non-profit company set up by Tendele Coal Mining in 2013 to assist the development of the Mpukunyoni area and surrounding mining areas.

Tendele Coal Mining provides jobs and development opportunities to a local community of around 175,000 people, and is committed to supporting the sustainable transformation of the communities around it.

The Mpukunyoni area has considerable socio-economic challenges, with an average monthly income of R820, water shortages and very few entrepreneurial opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses.

Between 2010 and 2015, Tendele Coal Mining has invested more than R40 million in socio-economic projects, and the mine employs more than 950 people.

The Somkhele Foundation’s projects are aimed at giving families security through economic development, and include agricultural, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives.  These are initiatives over and above the company’s Social and Labour Plan.

Tendele Coal Mining’s current projects include an agricultural hub which provides training and facilities, an education centre for adults and learners, a training centre which offers mechanical engineering studies, and the renovation of a maternity ward.

The Somkhele Foundation funded the clinic on the mine premises.

The clinic provides full-time occupational nursing, X-ray and basic healthcare services, and runs an occupational medical surveillance system and hygiene program.

Support to the clinic though the Somkhele Foundation includes:

  • Tendele Coal Mining donated R1.7 million towards building the clinic and installing equipment
  • An X-ray machine to the value of more than R700 000 was donated by MTN Foundation. It was installed at the occupational health centre and was launched in October 2014.
  • An alarm system and monitoring service was donated to the clinic by Alpha Security and Patrols
  • Grindrod, a client of Tendele Coal Mining, donated R250,000 towards construction of the clinic
  • Applied Geology donated a water fountain for the clinic, GCS installed a pulmonary diagnostic machine, and Osborn donated funds to build two offices on site. Further funds for construction were contributed by Multotec and Zululand technologies.

Other Somkhele Foundation projects include:

  • The Tendele Edu-Centre was launched in October 2014. Through the foundation, support was received from:
    • Tendele Coal Mining donated computers to the centre for e-learning programmes for Mathematics, Science and English
    • MTN: supplied additional computers, an interactive board and printing facilities to the value of R350,000
    • The Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program donated a demo rainwater harvesting system with crop tunnels and JoJo tanks to the Tendele Edu-Centre. The system is integrated with the Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) programme rolled out at the Tendele Edu-Centre

Partnering with the Somkhele Foundation

Organisations that wish to partner with the Somkhele Foundation are assured of good governance accountability through frequent monitoring and evaluation by Tendele’s community department, as well as impact measurement reports.

The Foundation has Public Benefit Organisation status and an 18A tax exemption has been established to provide administrative and operational control.

For further information or to partner with the Somkhele Foundation, contact:

Joyce Makhema
+27 79 885 8286
joyce@somkhele.co.za